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    shking up/ on the block/ behind the move

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help to me to make a good choice of the proper interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    A year after stepping into office, the US President is shaking up his first team, and his Communications Chief is first on the block. Ivan Eland from the Independent Institute told RT what he thinks is behind the move.

    shake up = “agitate in order to mix or loosen “ or “upset greatly”

    on the block = “put or go on the block; offer for sale” or “ take a gret risk; make oneself vulnerable”

    behind the move = ?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: shking up/ on the block/ behind the move

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help to me to make a good choice of the proper interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    A year after stepping into office, the US President is shaking up his first team, and his Communications Chief is first on the block. Ivan Eland from the Independent Institute told RT what he thinks is behind the move.

    shake up = “agitate in order to mix or loosen “ or “upset greatly”

    on the block = “put or go on the block; offer for sale” or “ take a gret risk; make oneself vulnerable”

    behind the move = ?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    For me the 'shaking up' in this context means that the president is rearranging or reorganizing his team (he is making changes). He will start with communication chief - he is first on the block. Behind the move - what are the reasons/purpose for making such changes.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: shking up/ on the block/ behind the move

    On the block = on the chopping block = the first to (metaphorically) lose his (her? I don't know who it is) head = the first to lose his/her job.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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